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Security staff at Hong Kong airport accused of stealing HK$1,500 from passenger

Passenger complaint prompts company’s preliminary investigation and police to take over

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 October, 2017, 5:30pm
UPDATED : Friday, 13 October, 2017, 5:34pm

A local man believed to be an airport security officer was arrested at Hong Kong International Airport late Thursday for allegedly stealing 1,300 yuan (HK$1,540) from a departing passenger.

Officers received an alert from airport staff at 11.22pm Thursday. Airport police criminal investigators took the case.

A spokesman for the government-owned Aviation Security Company (Avseco) said the firm had received a theft complaint from a departing passenger on Thursday night.

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Avseco immediately carried out a “preliminary investigation” of the 31-year-old man, surnamed Wa, the spokesman claimed, and reported the matter to police.

The Post has reached out to the force for a reply.

Airport security staff have previously been caught stealing travellers’ belongings.

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In October 2015, a 29-year-old employee took two bottles of luxury skincare liquids from a trash bin located outside the security screening area. The products valued at HK$1,300 were abandoned by a passenger because they were too large to be carried on board.

In July 2009, a security manager surnamed Lau, 36, stole US$1,000 (HK$7,800) from a passenger’s wallet. Lau hid the money in his white examination glove as he was inspecting the passenger’s luggage during a flight transfer to the US.